I used to think that clothes bought from a supermarket would not be the best quality but I really love the TU range at Sainsbury's and I thoroughly enjoy a look round the fashion section before doing my twice weekly shop.
They have great sales and also about every four to six weeks the whole range is marked down by 25% which is a fantastic saving.
I have purchased many items for my family from the TU range and always find them to be really good quality and good with the sizing. There is always something new in store every time I visit and even when I cannot afford to buy I get pleasure looking to see what is available and hoping that when the sale comes along they will still have what I like the look of when I have some cash to spare.
I also love the Gok Wan range and very impressed with the quality of his clothes and also those from the normal TU range.
I have purchased several items of clothing all of which wash well, look great and also I am getting lots of wear out of them.
I do occasionally buy something I really need at full price because the clothes are very reasonable but being the bargain hunter I am, I get great satisfaction from snapping up a lower priced item. They have something for everyone and for all occasions which makes it an ideal place to get affordable good quality clothes.
Women, men and kids are all catered for and also the shoe range is good too although the men's section does not seem to have many shoes apart from canvas shoes and trainers.
I would recommend the TU clothing range to anyone looking for clothes that are good quality for a low price.
Tu is a clothing range from Sainsburys. They cater for adults and children and in terms of price I would say the clothing is approximately half the price of clothing in a similar store such as Next.
I purchase a wide range of clothing from there both for me and my son and have always found it to be of high quality. They copy the highstreet trends. They have a good range of basics, workwear, leisure and party wear. They also have a very popular range designed by Gok Wan the television star and fashion guru.
Children's clothing is great value and washes well, the only item I have found to not be serviceable are the pyjamas as these seem to shrink on a 30 degree wash with no tumble drying so I would avoid these. They tend to do popular character ranges such as the Gruffalo and Dear Zoo.
They also alway do a lovely range of dressing up outfits in particular for Halloween or Christmas and these pieces tend to be )10-12 pounds which is great value and negates the need for nights of sewing to make a fancy dress outfit!
I have had the unfortunate incident whereby I have gone to work and people have been wearing the identical same top to me but I guess this could happen with any clothing, not that I have experienced it with any other!
They often have a 25% off event, usually around bank holidays where you get a great saving. They also nearly always have a sale rail in store as change their collections often.
I regularly buy clothing from supermarkets - sometimes for me but usually from the kids' range for my 2 year old son. Particularly when he was younger and clothes sizes were only lasting 3 months, I didn't want to spend a great deal on his clothes and supermarkets seemed to offer the best prices. My favourite supermarket to browse round for clothing in our local area is Sainsbury's as they have a large second floor devoted specifically to it.
The main range of clothing offered by Sainsbury's is TU. I have purchased several items from here for myself including a chunky knit cardigan, a cream jumper with an owl embossed on and a dress-top suitable for wearing over leggings. All of which I have worn several times and been pleased with their quality. I find the sizing of women's clothes to be pretty spot on and I wouldn't always try tops on from this range as I am confident my regular size will fit me. That said, trousers do not tend to be so great for me as they seem to come up quite short (I am quite tall at 5ft 9 though). What I have bought has washed up well and seems pretty well made too. The only issue that I have had is that a popper on my cardigan has worked loose but this was easily fixed with a bit of cotton so not too much of a problem.
For me, I often find the TU range to be quite hit and miss - there is usually either nothing I like or several pieces that I would happily purchase. This has a lot to so with season and fashion at the time. It seems TU does try to follow trends closely and sometimes these aren't to my personal taste so it is a very personal thing!
For baby and boys wear, I find TU fantastic. I would say that the range seems to come up a lot bigger than other shops and it usually takes a little longer for my son to grow into clothes from TU that are the same size as all his others. However, I have picked up some lovely clothes and there are frequent sales and discount events too so I always have a look when I can - especially as the range changes and re-stocks quite frequently. I have bought my son winter tops and T-shirts, hoodies, tracksuit bottoms, short and jeans from the range and have been pleased with the quality of all of them. The designs are great too and often feature things that my son is interested in - vehicles or animals for example. They last well and wash without fading too so the bright colours are maintained.
I find the pricing to be reasonable - perhaps not quite as cheap as Tesco or Asda but, as I mentioned earlier, there are often sale events on which can bring the price down. For the sheer variety and quality of the clothing, this is my favourite supermarket range and I definitely recommend it.
I have been very pleased with my purchases from Sainsbury's own brand range of clothes, which they call TU.
The range includes ladies', men's and children's clothes, in casual, formal and party styles.
Here are my favourites.
== Mens ==
Very easy care poly-cotton men's office shirts for my husband, some with matching ties.
== Ladies (for me) ===
Various viscose gypsy style, short sleeved tops. A similar baggy style has appeared in the last few years, with the pattern on the material varying enough for it to feel significantly different. I have a rose coloured one with a swallow pattern, a bright blue and white dotty one, and a third with a purple and green abstract pattern. As you can tell, I like bright colours, but conservative hues have also been available. I feel the style is smart enough to be dressed up with a plain tailored skirt or trousers, and comfortable enough to be dressed down with denim separates for casual wear.
Heavy-weight, but easy care, acrylic winter knitwear. My favourite is my cardigan that can be zipped up from the hips to the top on my neck when cold, or left unzipped with the collar turned down over the shoulders for milder times.
== Accessories ==
I have bought some good value winter gloves, scarves and hats for myself, as well as for presents. For this sort of gift you don't have to know the recipient's exact size, plus they are easy to exchange if you have misjudged their taste.
VALUE FOR MONEY
The items I have bought have all washed and worn well, and I consider that they would have been good value for money, even if I had paid full price for them.
However, as I usually go to Sainsbury's once or twice a week for food shopping, and I know that they have various special offers on clothes, I wait until these appear before purchasing.
Special offers that I have taken advantage of are a general 25% off all marked clothes prices (including some already marked down to half price in the sale) and money off vouchers given at the till when using a Nectar card. The 25% off days are often near a bank holiday. I have signed up for Sainsbury's promotional emails to help ensure that I am one of the first in store at these times.
Of course, the bigger the size of the Sainsbury's store, the more choice you are likely to have, and I have often timed my occasional visits to extra large stores to match the special clothes offers.
I expect to continue enjoying the benefits of TU clothing, and have my eye on some cute looking children's clothes for my grand-daughter.
When supermarkets started to sell clothes in their stores afew years back, I was very sceptical. To be honest, I doubted their quality in their products, range and fashion sense. It just wasn't something I was used to seeing at the time, unless shopping in a warehouse store such as Costo. So I resisted buying clothes when out buying my milk, bread, meat etc, as it just seemed and felt odd. But as time went on, I looked at the products available, kept an eye on styles and price, I realised I was missing a trick here. So when I had my first child I was always on the look out for clothes for him, especially the essential items such as vests, babygros. And I found, being a new mum who was all consumed with a baby who needed my time, attention and energy nearly 24 hours, to buy some of his clothes while I was buying groceries at the same time seemed a good compromise and time saver.
Why did I buy clothes from Sainsburys?
I have a large Sainsburys close to me, a 15 minute walk. So very convenient location. I liked ( and still do ) the general layout of the store. I liked the variety of baby clothes and felt the prices were reasonable and it always helps to have a Nectar card! A smaller selection of clothes compared to Asdas George range, but I felt some of the pieces in Sainsburys were alittle more individual. Not only that, but every few months they hold a 25% off event in their clothing department, which also includes sale items, and I find this event really makes my purchases better value and in some cases huge bargains.
What have I bought from Sainsburys?
99% of my clothes purchases have been for my children. And some of them have been regular repeat purchases. Ive bought and stocked up for both of my children, many different variations of packs of 3 babygros-variety of different patterns and designs and vests. As the kids have gotten older, these have been swapped to pyjama sets both long legged and long sleeved, or short sleeved with shorts included. Hats, socks, vests, underpants, knickers, tshirts, tops, leggings. Whatever items of clothes you can think of that you can buy for children, I have bought from Sainsburys for mine!
To give you a better example of some of what I have bought and loved the most are:
1.Pack of 2 girls baseball caps. One in a pale purple colour. Plain, not patterned, except for a white stitched love heart at the end of the cap, just before the peak. The other hat that came in the set is pink with lighter pink lovehearts all over the cap, except for the peak. These were bought afew months ago, as the warm weather kicked in, for £3.00.
2. Spiderman cap. My son loves the character, and I was immediately drawn to it while grocery shopping. It's the typical Spiderman red baseball cap style hat with a peak.At the front of the cap, there are two eyes, mimicking Spidermans when hes wearing his mask with some web detailing around it. This cost £4/£5.00 at the time, around a month later they were half price in the sale which made their cost a bargain, although I thought what I paid for the product originally was still a great price as my son loves it, and I haven't seen any other wannabe Spiderboys running around in our area wearing this.
3. Spiderman sunglasses-not clothing, but had to throw this in! I bought my son a pair, but made the mistake of taking my little girl with me, who wouldn't let them go! So in the end I bought 2 PAIRS! Black coloured lenses. The rest of the glasses are red ( surprise surprise! ).You have a picture of Spiderman between the two lenses with some silver, black and red web detailing. Black web detailing around the opposite edge around the lense and on a small section of the arm of the glasses with the ' Ultimate Spiderman ' logo sat on top of it on each side of the arms of these cool shades! Price was £4.00 per pair.
4. Girls two piece pyjama set. Long sleeved and leg, in a beautiful purple colour, with a ballerina on the front. Was £5.00 reduced to £2.50.
5. Womens pyjama sets. I picked up afew just before my children were born to put into my maternity bag. One set was a striped red and dark grey vest tiop with three quarter length pants, and the other an emerald green coloured vest with dark blue three quarter length pants with emerald green polka dots all over.
6. Boys jeans. Most of my sons jeans have come from here, since he was a toddler. His current collection are denim jeans in red, sapphire blue, mid green and dark traditional blue stonewash.
The list goes on and on for......
How have these clothes performed?
Brilliantly! As mentioned, nearly all the clothes bought from Sainsburys have been for children, so cant comment on the womens side, but the childrens range has been great and going from strength to strength. Ive found all the clothes purchased have been a good quality in regards to material and stitching, very up to date with fashion and visually very appealing and doesn't scream ' Im from a supermarket! '. I tend to notice children who wear George clothes as many kids Ive seen tend to be wearing more or less the same things. But I don't find Sainsburys clothes so obvious. Ive recognised maybe two tops two little boys were wearing were from this store, only because my son had both of them!
They wash very well, especially the baby essentials like vests and babygros, as sometimes they had to withstand very high temperatures in the washing cycle. Ive never experienced fading of colour or motifs/patterns peeling off or anything unstitching. The only time the clothes haven't been so sharp are things such as certain pyjama sets my son has, and that's because not only have they been worn and washed regularly, but some sets hes had and worn for over 2 years! ( I always buy big! ).
The sizing tends to be quite consistent throughout their clothing, which in some shops are not which I find quite annoying.
They provide plenty of character based clothing that my children love and in different formats from tops and tshirts, to pyjamas and swimwear, such as Peppa Pig, Spiderman, Tranformers etc.
Would I buy clothes from this store again? Yes I would, and this time around I will be very keen on checking out the school uniform section as this is now an area that my son and I are having to get into it! I try to keep my purchases for the 25% off days, especially if I need to purchase quite afew items, as this makes an ok priced item into a really good priced item. The prices are comparable to other supermarket chains were clothes are concerned, and in some areas a little more expensive, such as their dressing up section. But the quality and style is there so then its up to me to get the best possible deals for what I want. The only real downside I can see is the stores in my area ( as Im not too sure if this exists in other places ), tend to have a decent sized clothing area, but could be so much bigger. Asda tend to have one whole floor designated for this in some of their stores, Tesco-not sure as I shop online with them. But I would like to see more space for more clothes!
Great clothes for the kids.
My grandchildren go through so many clothes and my daughter is very fussy about what her little boy wears and we have found that TU is the answer! Their clothes are of a decent quality without being expensive and have lots of lovely patterns which my daughter likes.
What I buy a lot of in our local Sainsbury's are baby boy clothes and they are great. They have a good variety and it changes about every 2 or 3 months so the styles are always new and in keeping with the season. We tend to buy lots of little jeans and t-shirts in here. The jeans are always slightly too big for my grandson as he is small but the t-shirts are a perfect fit for him.
As well as usual clothing they also sell seasonal wear so things like halloween costumes, snowsuits, swimming costumes and so forth. The only criticism we have is that there was very little choice of swimming shorts for baby boys but baby girls had lots of choice this year.
What I like about the clothing here for baby boys is that it's nice and bright. We went to Matalan and it was all dull browns and greens but in Sainsbury's it's lovely bright colours with big monsters and dinosaurs or puppies on. The colours are much more inspiring and what you would like to dress a little one in rather than really dull tones.
The prices are very good. T-shirts for babies vary from £1.50-£4.00 and you can buy packs of little girl's leggings for about £7 for two. There are some character things too like Peppa Pig tops, Mike The Knight outfits and so forth but it's certainly not the majority of the clothes.
You can buy school uniform too which is very good quality and also dancing uniforms which we have bought for our granddaughter.
In terms of quality everything is very good. It isn't perfect, after several washes they do get a little bobbled but usually by this point my grandchildren have grown out of them anyway and this is the case with children's clothes in general.
I have bought a few tops for myself from here and found that they were very good and washed well. I can't say that i ever spend much time looking at them as I'm usually too busy in the children's section but I do really, really rate the children's clothes very highly.
Sainsburys sell their own range of clothes called TU. I live near a large sainsburys store and they stock a wide range of clothes, ranging from casual outfits, to more dressy ones and also accessories.
There is also fancy dress costumes for children and babygros too. They do sell some shoes, wellies and sandals, however I find that there isn't always an extremely large amount to choose from.
The layout of the non-sale clothes is generally fine, everything is in its place. However in the sale section, like many shops, there can be a general mish-mash of clothes and you have to sort through everything to find your size or the item you want. The few pairs of shoes that they have, they are generally muddled up too, for example on one rail there could be tons of random pairs of shoes in different sizes and if you see something you want but in a different size, you will have to sort through loads of pairs, and it's easy to knock down loads at the same time whilst rummaging, which is a bit embarrassing.
I find that the clothes aren't as on-trend as other shops. I mainly only go here for basic tops and socks when I need a few pairs. I would say that the clothes are true to size, however when you wash them, they can go out of shape by widening and becoming a bit shorter and more faded which is a pain. I have bought a couple of pairs of pump shoes out of here, and they were of reasonable quality but nothing that would last for a long time.
Prices are reasonable, it is about £9 for a plain jersey top, going up to the £40 mark for a dress. Gok wan does his own range of clothes for TU at sainsburys for around £20-£40 but I personally do not like any of his designs and feel that they are aimed at older women rather than teenagers. In fact, most of the other TU clothes I feel are aimed at middle aged- older women besides the plain tops, cami's, jeans and leggings. I think sainsburys should take note of fashions and try and create some pieces that teenage girls and younger women would like.
Size wise, the clothes go from size 8-26, so there is something for you whether you are petite or a plus size like me. The underwear range is small, and the bra sizes goes up to 38. I think they should bring out some other sizes but I don't generally shop here for underwear anyway. I might consider buying some stuff from here if they did different sizes as some of their sets are pretty.
The accessories are okay but I find a bit on the expensive side for what is essentially 'supermarket range' jewellery.
There are good changing rooms in my local sainsburys and there is usually someone to show you in. Plenty of mirrors, and a disabled access room too for those who are using a wheelchair. I have always found the assistants polite and efficient.
Overall, I can see why some people would like this range of clothing, but apart from basic plain tops and black leggings, it isn't for me.
I've had quite a few bits of clothing from Sainsbury's clothing range (TU) over the past six months and although some of the items are lovely, some are unfortunetly way below standard.
Sainsbury's clothing range sells women's, men's, children's and baby clothes as well as foot wear, underwear and accessories including handbags, scarfs, jewellery and so on. My local store always seems to have offers on such as 25% off and I spotted a banner not too long ago announcing that Gok Wan had brought out a limited edition clothing line for the shop's clothing range.
Sainsbury's prices are average in my opinion with basic items of clothing such as plain shirts, t-shirts, basic vests etc all under the £6 mark while their smarter, more detailed clothing including casual, smart and evening wear can range from £10 all the way up to £40ish. They sell dresses, leggings, cardigans, blazers, coats and so on and their range of footwear is pretty good too - boots, trainers, plimsoles, etc. Women's clothing sizes start at a six I think and go up to around a 24. They also have tall and petite sizes. Their sizing is a bit dodgy in my opinion as I'm a size 8 and bought a size 10 cardigan and it was skin tight, whereas I bought a basic vest in my usual size and it was noticeably loose fitting.
Like I said, I've had quite a few bits from Sainsbury's over the past six months because I often do the weekly gorcery shop there and get drawn into the clothing section because of the big red 'sale' and '25% off' banners that are almost always up. In my local store there is an area of changing rooms and the clothing is laid out in amongst six aisles - the first having women's basic tops and trousers, the next having smarter clothes and evening wear and the next having underwear, shoes & nightwear and the rest are the children's, babies and men's sections. The men's section is only one aisle and is mainly smart shoes, suits and basic t shirts, although my boyfriend recently bought a lovely hoodie from there for around £26.
The baby section in my local store is pretty small and most of the clothes seem to be aimed at toddlers, although I have had several items from this section for my baby including pure cotton vests which were reduced from around £10 to £3. These are extremely good quality and wash really well. These are the other items that I've recently bought:
1. A long, cable knit scarf. I bought this because it was reduced to £3 from £6 and it's a lovely scarf - really nice and soft and it washes well; no bobbles at all after quite a few months and I got loads of wear out of it in the colder weather.
2. A pair of fairtrade cotton pyjamas reduced from £18 to £6. These are brilliant quality and so soft! They feel so cosey and are noticeably good quality.
3. A jumper. This was around £28 and I was initially very happy with it; unique design, looked good.. but after around five washes it completely lost its shape and had to be binned.
4. A bra. I bought this because it was reduced to a pound from £6. It was very padded and really comfortable. Unfortunetly after around a month of having it the underwire decided to poke out and stab me in the chest! I had only worn it a few times and it had to be binned.
5. A pair of fair trade cotton jeans which were around £18. I tried these on in store and was very impressed; perfect fit, comfy, cheap and looked good. After under a month of having them the stitching had frayed and one day I got them out of the washing machine to find a huge hole on the bum area - again, these had to be binned.
I've had a few basic vests and t shirts from TU too and these are all fine. I've also got quite a lot of the knickers too and these are really soft, good quality and wash well. I am overall not sure if I would reccommend buying clothing from Sainsbury's TU clothing range because it's so hit and miss. Due to the lack of quality in a number of my purchases though, I give TU 2/5 stars.
Sainsburys produce my favourite range of supermarket clothing. Asda are a bit too cheap and cheerful,the Tesco range doesn't always seem very wearable,but as far as I'm concerned the Tu range often turns out to be just right.
Sainsburys range of Womens clothing concentrates mainly on casual or holiday wear. I myself fall into an older age- group, and in all fairness I can't imagine my 20 something daughters buying much there, they prefer somewhere a bit more trendy (like Topshop perhaps), but I don't aim to look frumpy either, and for me the Tu range feels quite modern and stylish. The very best feature of the clothes is that usually they feel so nice when you put them on. Cool and light. I've noticed this on several occasions with different garments. Last week I bought a tee shirt type top, its lovely and soft, the label tells me its made from 100% pure cotton, and was made in Turkey. I have a blouse that I like to wear, as the material feels so nice against my skin, ok I may be sounding a bit weird by now but I do notice these things when I wear them.
Our local Sainsburys recently had a refurbishment, so the clothing range has increased, clothing is only available in the larger stores. The aisles are widely spaced , so the customer is able to browse in comfort. The clothing is now situated to the left side of the main entrance, so you come to it first, maybe this is deliberate so that you buy before you start spending a lot of money in the rest of the store.
The colour schemes of the clothes are varied, bright, and attractive.Mirrors are readily available. I think the sizes could be a bit more generous, in all fairness I have bought jeans and a blouse there in the past that didn't fit too well though they were my usual size.
There is a mens range of clothing though my husband doesn't buy there as they cost more than he feels he wants to pay.
The childrens range is lovely and gorgeous,there is nice babywear, and lovely girls clothing, though my 8 year old granddaughter would probably prefer Tesco as she already likes clothes to look a bit edgier and teenagey.
Now on to price, a major consideration. Its worth mentioning that you could treat yourslf with some hoarded up nectar points, otherwise the clothes are relatively expensive .For instance my tee shirt top cost £14, though I did get it a bit cheaper as there was an offer on all clothing that day. As the clothes are good quality I feel the price is fair. They wash well in my experience.
Also, personally I have found Customer Service very nice and helpful, they let me exchange a garment I accidently bought in the wrong size, even though I had cut off the tags before I noticed my mistake.
I don't normally tend to shop in Sainsbury's which you'll know if you've read my reviews because almost everything I review I seem to get from ASDA or Boots, but that's only because it's very local and has low prices. I pop into Sainsbury's when I'm local to the store and I do really like their clothing range.
The womens section sports lots of different styles and has clothes for plus sized ladies or petites. The clothes are modern and fashionable and You can buy everything really from tights, socks, knickers and bras to t shirts,jeans, skirts and footwear. Tu also sell a different accessories like hair clips and cheaper jewellery which I think is nice to wear at work when you don't want to wear your best. All of the items are affordable and I think everything is worth it's cost there to be honest. The clothes are of good quality, I've had cardigans and tops from there and they've lasted well which you don't always get with cheaper clothes. They don't have cheap materials either which I can't stand, the material of everything I've seen in the store is nice and feels like good quality. I also really like their slippers. I paid about £8 for a pair of pink slippers from there and they were really comfortable and soft and they lasted quite a while.
The mens section has trousers, jackets, shoes, socks, tops etc, but being single, I can't say much about this because it's been some time since I bought anything from the mens department! I have noticed that you can get some nice suits in there for good prices though!
Childrens section - TU have a nice baby section and I remember buying some lovely booties and baby-gros for my daughter when she was pregnant. I now pick up nice motif t shirts for under £3 in there for my grandson. You don't want to spend too much on kids clothes really because they're always getting themselves filthy and they grow so quick as well! I find their childrens clothes even cheaper than the adults but the quality of them is still high, I wouldn't buy them if they weren't! They have a lovely selection of cute things from birth up to about 14 years I think then it goes to adult clothing like most stores do.
I've bought lots of garments for myself over the years as well as my daughter and grandchildren. I've found their items to be well lasting and comfortable. I can't say I like every single item of clothing that they sell, but everyone has different tastes. I still have tops from there that I bought a good few years ago, they are of really great quality. I think the pretty much have something to suit everyone as they have a great variety of stuff to suit me, my daughter, and her daughter!
You can't get their clothes online which is a bit of a downside paticularly if your local store is smaller and doesn't have a TU section. I'm sure they must lose business because of this when George at ASDA has an online store and other clothing shops do when they don't but this doesn't really affect me so I can't really moan.
Overall, I've never made a purchase from there that I've not been happy with. They have some great shoes and clothes and some brilliant sales, especially after xmas. I'd recommend you go in for a browse, I'm sure you'll see something you like.
We've spent quite a bit of time and travelled miles visiting stores, trying to find a coat in the correct size for our Grandson..... there is apparently no stock except that on the floor already...... no facility to order it in either apparently.....waste of time.
We bought a lot of TU clothing for our baby when she was born, they have a huge variety, the prices are very reasonable and they have all different sizes for babies and children.
Some of the knitted clothes we have seen did look a bit out dated and I don't think I would have been happy wearing them as a child in my younger years let alone now! But a majority of the clothes look fine, we have got a few little jackets for our daughter which have been fantastic quality and have been washed several times and have still kept the softness!
We did find that the little items like baby grows and small t-shirts were not as good quality, the material felt quite thick but after a wash they seemed to lose all their softness and started to look a bit worn and old! But I suppose with how quick babies grow out of clothes they will probably only wear them once or twice anyway!
I will shop there again but I don't think it will be my first choice, it's ok for the price but I have been to other supermarkets and their ranges seem to be better quality.
I'm lucky enough to have a Sainsburys store a few minutes away from my home, very conveniently located for all my grocery shopping, and the store also has a decent sized clothing section, which I will concentrate on in this review.
Naturally, the size of the clothing department and it's layout will vary from store to store . I'm reviewing the Arnold branch of Sainsburys, in which the clothing section is located to the front of the store near the entrance from the car park .
The Tu Clothing range sells womens, mens, childrens, and babies clothing . Most of my purchases have been from the childrenswear section, but I have also purchased items of both mens and womens clothing .
The childrens range in particular is impressive, with the store stocking school uniform at a low price all year round . This is very useful to me as my daughter is a fast grower and really quite hard on her clothes, but with this store I can easily keep her looking smart at school without breaking the bank, with a pair of gingham summer school dresses costing just £8 and coming with matching hair scrunchies. Sweaters cost around £4, and skirts and trousers around £6, and the items I have purchased have always been good quality.
The non school childrens range is also very impressive - usually very current and featuring a mixture of smart occasion wear, such as stylish party dresses, and casual clothing - jeans, t-shirts, skirts etc. Again, prices are reasonable, particularly on the essential 'messing about' clothes, although some of the smarter clothing in both the girls and boys ranges can be a little pricey on occasion .
The womens range is available in sizes 8-24, and features a mixture of workwear, casuals, and slightly smarter items . However, I do think that the ladieswear is very classic in style - there are no high fashion up to the minute styles here, rather clothes that are smart and practical . Quality is high again with this range, and they also do a very economical range of basic essentials - white work shirts for £4, t-shirts for £2.50, and jeans for a little under a tenner . I have to say I think the ladies range is , for the majority, a little mature for my own personal taste, but certainly is suitable for workwear .
There is a small section dedicated to underwear and sleepwear, and this is a good range, with a balance of styles to suit most people.
I do like that most trousers are available in short, medium and long lengths however, and I also think that what they lack in current style on the clothing is made up for in their range of accessories - scarves, shoes, and jewellery that can add colour to an otherwise dull outfit.
The mens section I find a little uninspiring - it has a good range of classic styles, work shirts, trousers and such, but like the ladies range lacks modern up to date styles, although they do occasionally have some amusing logo t-shirts . T shirts vary in size from small to XXL. I would like to see an extra size, xxxl added, as my boyfriend is a larger fellow, and can find shirts to fit in Tesco and Asda but not Sainsburys.
There is a clean and comfortable changing area in the store, with the cubicles being a generous size with plenty of room to move around to view outfits from all angles. The mirrors are large and full length,and each cubicle has assorted hooks for hanging up garments and bags .
Paying for clothes is easy - there is a dedicated checkout in the clothing section, or you can pop your clothes in your trolley and pay at the main checkouts .
Overall, I think the childrens range here is excellent, but the mens and womenswear sections are not as up to date as I would like. I do shop here occasionally for everyday wear, but for something for a night out or as a bit of a treat, I would go elsewhere .
My review will focus on children's clothing, although my few purchases from the Tu adult range have been a success. I've bought a few pieces of jewellery, which have always been cheap but decent quality, and a pair of heels that always get comments whenever I wear them - one person was convinced they were designer!
Anyone with a young child will know how quickly they get through clothing, especially when they are first born and don't stop growing! So soon after MissD was born I made the decision to leave the posh baby clothes to the grannies to buy while I would concentrate on one of my specialities - buying clothes on the cheap!
As we're lucky enough to have quite a large Sainsburys near us, this was a really convenient place for us to go to buy clothes for our new addition, and they have a pretty good range with plenty to choose from. The choice will of course vary from store to store, but I would recommend checking out what's on offer if your local Sainsburys sells Tu products.
The prices of the Tu children's range varies with the cheapest I've seen being £1.50 for cute t-shirts and even denim jeans in the basics range for £1.75. As well as clothes you can get accessories such as shoes, hats, sunglasses and even jewellery for older girls. There is a definite difference in the clothing for boys and girls, with the boys stuff having lots of car and robot motifs and the like, while the girls stuff is definitely more girlie, but without being "too" girlie! There are lots of items with flowers, kittens, and so on - but generally items tend to be really trendy and not at all naff. The stock changes fairly often and is seasonal, so there is quite an extensive 'holiday' range in my store at the moment. There are also branded items, and I have spotted the odd Charlie and Lola top, as well as quite a lot of Disney branded clothing.
I have bought many items for MissD from the Tu range and I have to say I've been really impressed. The quality is superb for the price and I have some items that have been washed and worn many times and are still in good nick.
Items I have bought include lots of cute little sleepsuits (packs of three range from £5 for plain ones up to about £7.50 for patterned ones), basic t-shirts from £1.50 upwards and also a few more special items such as dresses - I have a beautiful dark purple dress with tiny little pale purple flowers on it that cost £8 but looks a lot more expensive and has worn very well. It's also a smock style dress so it has fit her for ages - it's worth looking out for items like this!
I also bought a pair of little canvas shoes with velcro straps from there and they are really fantastic - very sturdy and hard-wearing, and obviously comfortable as MissD runs around in them all day. Not bad for £7!
As always with kids' clothing, look out for random sizing, although this isn't a criticism of Tu as I have this problem everywhere (and to be fair babies are quite random sizes themselves so it must be impossible for any retailer to get it right!)
It's also worth looking out for the occasional 25% off days where all Tu clothing is reduced - well worth stocking up when this happens. Our store also seems to have a sale rail quite often, although I would say this stuff tends to be pretty random and a bit hit and miss.
Most of the items I buy from TU clothing are for my son or niece, so I'll review in terms of individual items:
Baby Clothes (Boy):
They have a great range of baby clothes, with sleep suits and vests packs being of particularly good value, ranging from £3-10 for a pack of 3. The designs are really nice, a little bit different from your run of the mill pastels, with lots of bold oranges and navy blue in my last purchase. They are quite long i the leg, and a slimish fit, which is great because my son is quite tall, though when he's at the beginning of the size range they can drag a bit. The thing they have going for them the most is how well they wash. They haven't shrunk, faded or lost any of there softness, key things in baby clothes.
Girls Dresses (ages 2-4)
I've bought a good few of these for my niece, the price range is normally between £10 -15, which makes them a little pricier than the likes of Dunnes (Northern Ireland) or places like Primark or BHS, but they tend to be cheaper than Marks and Spencer. They designs are always really nice, a little bit Boho, with lots of floral and bright patters. They are a good length, and are long enough, as again my niece is tall for her age, but are a little on the snug size around the chest area. They too wash well and retain their colour.
The one thing I have bought for myself is a couple of under wire T-shirt bras. My sister recommended them, and at only a fiver they are exceptional value. As they don't have a fitting department it helps to know your size; I bough two slightly different sizes, allowing for weight fluctuation post baby and they both fit well. I got one black and one white and they too have held up in the wash, loosing nothing in terms of support and strap strength, and the under wire has yet to poke through which is always a risk (I've never put them in the dryer because of this). They are very comfortanble and in my opinion as good as top of the range designer stuff like Wonderbra, though they don't have any padding inserts and being a T-shirt bra they don't have any pretty pattern or lacy finish.
It may also be worth noting that Sainsbury's tend to have once in a while weekend sales for the TU range with around 15% off, so if you can keep a look out for that, you'll get even better value.
My experience has been good in terms of what I've bought so far. If I get anything else, I'll update this review accordingly.